Back in the good old days when I had my Garden Maintenance business a customer introduced me to the wonders of borage.
So I'll plant some.
I might be a little early so I'm only planting two, fifty miller-meter tube pots to see if they'll germinate and if they do I'll plant a heap more.
While it has many uses I'll mainly be using it for it's bee attracting flowers.
You can never have too many bee attracting flowers as far as I can tell.
Though, if I ever need regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, or a remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms then I'll be prepared.
Other benefits of having Borage in the garden include, as a companion plant which is said to protect or nurse
legumes, spinach, brassicas, and even strawberries. It is also said to
be a good companion plant to tomatoes.
Seeds about the size of a match head and they're easy to plant.
I've been putting wire cages around plants here forever to keep possums from eating my seedlings and at the same time I've been trying to work out a way to stop the white cabbage moth from laying it's eggs on my cabbages as demonstrated by the cabbage below.
I've known about those fancy exclusion nets and such but I only grow one or two cabbage at a time.
Rarely in a row, and it seemed like a lot of effort for one or two cabbage.
Then it occurred to me, just leave the wire cages I'm using to keep the possum away over the cabbage and the moth can't get to the plant, so simple.
So simple I don't know why I haven't thought of it before.
For now I have the bigger chicken wire and the smaller bird wire covering one cabbage each.
Mainly to see if the moth can be bothered to fly through the larger chicken wire spacing.
The cages don't need any extra support and are free standing. No need for staking or making frames up.
If it works though, I'll need to increase the overall size of my cages to account for the extra size of growth as my current cages are for covering seedlings only.
Here's the evil culprit chowing down on my broccoli.